The UN General Assembly has once again adopted the Resolution on the Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia” yesterday in New York City.
The number of supporters of the resolution was high as in previous cases, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said today.
The resolution has been adopted annually by the UN General Assembly beginning in 2008, and is aimed at strengthening IDPs fundamental rights especially in terms of the right to a voluntary, safe and dignified return to their homes.
#UNGA72 adopted Resolution on "Status of #IDPs & #Refugees from #Abkhazia, #Georgia & #Tskhinvali regn/#SouthOssetia, Georgia" w/ 81 in favor. Grateful to all the supporters who took their stance because of principles, int't law, not politics, & voted in favor of #RighttoReturn" pic.twitter.com/mnSc7THFmb— Kaha Imnadze (@kahaimnadze) 13 June 2018
The resolution condemns the forced demographic changes in the occupied regions and underlines the importance of the inviolability of property rights. It also highlights the importance of humanitarian activities in the occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali.
Besides the humanitarian context the resolution also has practical importance as far as it calls on the UN Secretary General to prepare an annual report reflecting the conditions of IDPs living in Georgia.
"The resolution is particularly important given that the situation in terms of human rights in the occupied territories is difficult and there is a lack of international monitoring mechanisms, which serves as another obstacle for the safe and dignified return of IDPs and refugees,” the Foreign Ministry said.
On the other hand the resolution calls on the parties involved in the Geneva talks to strengthen their efforts to ensure the security and improvement of human rights protection in the occupied regions of Georgia.